Ten people have died after a cliff collapses onto tourist boats on a lake in Brazil, according to police officials said.
A large rock fragment broke free of a ravine and plunged onto boats in Furnas Lake in Brazil’s eastern Minas Gerais state, as panicked tourists watched helplessly from other vessels.
Brazil cliff collapse – the horrendous tragedy unfolded in Brazil Saturday, after a massive rock formation came loose over a lake, careening into the water.
More than 30 people were injured in the incident on Saturday, including nine who had to be hospitalised, authorities said.
The ten who died were part of a group of family and friends on the boat that suffered the biggest impact of the cliff that collapsed onto tourists, according to rescuers.
Cliff collapses onto tourist
The victims were all Brazilian nationals, aged between 14 and 68, according to preliminary investigations.
Tourists flock to see the cliffs, caverns, and waterfalls that surround the green waters of Lake Furnas, formed by the hydroelectric dam of the same name.
Dramatic videos shared on social media networks captured the moment the cliff collapses onto tourist boats.
Brazil cliff collapse Video
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One, shared on social media, showed the minute before the incident, with several people warning that “lots of stones are falling” and yelling at the occupants of other boats to move away from the rock face.
President Jair Bolsonaro retweeted some of these videos on his account, and said that “as soon as the unfortunate disaster occurred, the Brazilian Navy moved to the site to rescue victims and transport the injured”.